This preserve is owned by The Nature Conservancy in Alabama and maintained in partnership with Land Trust of North Alabama.
Located along Highway 72 between Scottsboro and Huntsville in Jackson County, this 323 acre preserve includes over a mile and a half of Paint Rock River frontage. What was once a cattle pasture has been actively restored to floodplain forests grasslands, which are critical, but declining habitats in the Tennessee Valley. With the re-introduction of native grasses and hardwoods, as well as the restoration of Cole Springs Branch to its original path, many animals are returning to the preserve. It is a favorite spot on the North Alabama Birding Trail. With a little bit of luck, you may also catch a glimpse of deer, snakes, or even a coyote. Colorful wildflowers also dot the grasses and an old cemetery on the property is also open to explore.
U.S. Hwy 72, Paint Rock, AL 35764 (Jackson County) – .3 miles south from the intersection of US Hwy 72 and AL Hwy 65, located on the left coming from Huntsville